Electrician Schools Directory

Union sponsored apprenticeships the best bet

If electrician training isn't completed as an apprenticeship it can take a lot less time, but students will still begin working at a lower level than those who have completed full apprenticeships. That's because in many states a certain number of working hours are required before you can write the licensing exam. So the time it takes to get licensed could be just as long as an apprenticeship would have lasted.


Some of the best electrical apprenticeship programs are sponsored by unions. The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) is a cooperative effort of the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. It's one of the largest programs of its kind. Programs affiliated with NJATC have trained hundreds of thousands of electrical apprentices.

Electricians can rely on programs sponsored or accredited by unions and associations including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the National Electrical Contractors Association.

Other options

Apprenticeships aren't the only choice, and they may not always be the best one for you. Many trade schools offer courses that are just as good. Check with employers in the area you want to work to find out if apprenticeships are available or if advance schooling is a better option. Some students may want to get their education out of the way so they can get started on a career sooner. Others forgo immediate training and work as helpers, while trying to become accepted to an apprenticeship program. As many licensed electricians know, there will always be a chance (or requirement) to take continuing education courses later.

Opportunity for advancement

Some electricians and linesmen advance to electrical inspectors, supervisors, project management or other positions of authority. If that's your goal, it's a good idea to take extra courses that'll get you ahead faster. If you're entering the construction field learning Spanish can be a big benefit thanks to increasing numbers of Spanish-speaking employees.